Musician and Hollywood actor Tyrese Gibson has recently spoken openly about his Christian faith as well as the spiritual problems he sees in the entertainment industry. He claimed in a recent interview that celebrity award shows are "trying to normalize the devil," and he's had about enough of it.
About a month ago, Gibson, 44, sat down with the man known as Big Boy, the host of "Big Boy's Neighborhood" and Real 92.3 L.A. The purpose of the interview was ostensibly for Gibson to promote the latest film in the "Fast & Furious" series, "Fast X," which opened May 19, as well as his latest album, "Beautiful Pain." However, the conversation quickly turned spiritual, and Gibson expressed his frustration with the entertainment industry, which he claimed is popularizing evil.
"They [are] going above and beyond to promote the devil," Gibson said, "and it's p***ing me off."
"The devil is on the mainstage at award shows and in every video, and you have signs and symbols," he explained. He also stated, "I just feel like we're in competition right now because they are trying to normalize the devil."
But things weren't always this way in Hollywood, Gibson suggested. "The devil-worshippers used to be real secretive," he claimed, "going down in the basement. Now, they just play."
Big Boy seemed to agree with Gibson, occasionally interjecting with "amen" and even noting that devilish images and symbols can also often be seen on a "device," likely referring to cellphones, iPads, computers, and televisions.
Gibson hinted that the solution to the spiritual malaise in popular culture is simple: We must regularly give thanks to God and share praise reports about "all of the things that God has brought us through."
"We need to stop treating our relationship with Jesus like the little buddy that you talk to before you go to bed at night," Gibson stated, adding that Christians must be "more vocal about all the things that God means to us."
That portion of the interview can be seen in the short Twitter video below:
"We should, as believers, we should go the rest of our lives trying to figure out God. That should be an everlasting hunt," he continued. "... I’m looking as a person who is overwhelmed with what God has decided to put me in and has done over my life, even when I’ve went above and beyond to mess it up myself.
"God says, 'I still got you,'" he said.
In speaking about his faith, Gibson also opened up about the deaths of actor Paul Walker and director John Singleton, who were both affiliated with "Fast & Furious." He claimed that he now has a duty to honor their legacies and support their families. "I gotta make them proud," he said.
A longer version of the interview, which closes with prayer, can be seen in the 40-minute video below:
Tyrese Talks Fast and Furious 10, Paul Walker, Tupac, and Performs His Music Live! | Interviewwww.youtube.com
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